The role of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that the Children’s Bereavement Centre operates safely, manages its finances effectively and to set the strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair of the Board works with the Director to make sure the Children’s Bereavement Centre is working as well as it can to deliver the best services for families who have experienced a bereavement or loss.

Andrew Watson – Chair of Trustees

Andrew joined the CBC as a Trustee in 2015 becoming Vice Chair in November 2017.  Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with experience in a diverse range industries and business situations.  Over the last 10 years he has held a number of senior management and Board positions with a focus not only on financial performance and compliance but also increasingly on strategic business development. Having lived in the area all his life he is fully aware of the valuable role that the CBC plays in the local community.  Andrew is committed to ensuring that the organisation builds on its strengths to deliver its much needed services.

Simon Shaw – Treasurer

Simon has been a Trustee and Treasurer of the charity since its formation in 2003.  During this time Simon has seen many changes in the charity as it continues to develop its services.  Simon is a partner in a leading local accountants firm and brings his business expertise to the operation of the charity.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Newark as well as helping other local charity and business groups on a voluntary basis.

Julia Percy RGN – Trustee

Julia started working with the founder of the charity in 2007 in her professional role as a nurse at a local school.  They worked together supporting many students age 7-18 years of age with various bereavement needs.  The charity rapidly grew and demand for this vital work was high.  There was a need for more support and vision at senior management committee level so Julia decided to volunteer for the Children’s Bereavement Centre and bring her skills to a cause she is passionate about.  Julia trained as a nurse in 1984 at St James University Hospital, Leeds and worked in A&E, then specialised in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery being Senior Sister of the unit at Killingbeck Hospital.  Julia then further trained in counselling, specialising in teenage bereavement issues and worked with Cruse Bereavement in Leeds for many years on their steering committee and set up the Leeds branch of Cruse.

Sue Leadbeater – Trustee

Sue became aware of the CBC some years ago in her role as a solicitor being a Family Law specialist dealing with all issues from the breakdown of relationships.  Sue actively sought out some advice about bereavement services the charity offered when her own children’s father died.

Barry Orton – Trustee

Barry has a long background in business development as Chairman, Managing Director and Non-Executive Director of a wide range of companies and markets both in the UK and internationally.  Having grown up as a bereaved child in the 1950’s, when no support was available or even recognised as important, Barry feels privileged to be able to support CBC’s efforts to help children and young people cope with the devastating emotional, mental health and general life difficulties that can result from bereavement.

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